Greg Hickok

Beyond Mirror Neurons is based on an in-depth, filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Greg Hickok, Professor of Cognitive science at UC Irvine, where he directs the Center for Language Science and the Auditory and Language Neuroscience Lab. This thought-provoking conversation examines Greg Hickok’s neuroscience research related to speech and language which led him to eventually reject many aspects of the mirror neuron hypothesis, while giving his views on the mechanisms behind imitation and what mirror neurons really do.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Monkey See, Monkey Don’t, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Talking Neuroscience – Speech, language and cognition
  2. Enter Mirror Neurons – Grasping monkeys and old theories
  3. One Size Fits All? – The kitchen sink of cognitive science
  4. Imitation – What it is and what it isn’t
  5. Seeking a Controller – Structural investigations
  6. The Community Responds – Sceptics and believers
  7. A Different Perspective – Prediction and sensory states
  8. Sociological Explorations – The merits of primary sources
  9. Neuroplasticity – Speculations on the underlying mechanisms
  10. On the Front Burner – Lots to investigate

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